After talking about the “We are Khaled Said” Facebook page as a way to unify everyone behind the Egyptian revolution and behind the overthrow of the government, I began to think about ways that this could and has played out in the United States. One of the first examples that came to mind was the “We are Orlando” movement. While it is great that so many people want to support the LGBTQ+ community, it can actually be rather harmful in erasing the identities of the LGBTQ+ folks of color who were the most impacted by this shooting. We had to read this article for my Intro to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Class and I think it does a great job explaining the harms of “we are” movements, forcing white people, especially, to think more critically about their actions of solidarity.

http://alp.org/do-not-militarize-our-mourning-orlando-and-ongoing-tragedy-against-lgbtstgnc-poc

 

 

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  1. palomapineda19 says:

    I liked your comment on the “we are” movements because I hadn’t thought about them has harming the identities of marginalized communities. I think it’s also harmful when we see certain marginalized communities or wars popularized in the media with hashtags like “pray for paris” when there is no Facebook filter for Aleppo. I think it is extremely important that we all think about how our actions of solidarity impact those around us.

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